The mission of the Department of Life Sciences is excellence in teaching, research, and service to the community. At undergraduate level, four programmes are currently offered in the areas of Equine Science and Food Science and Health. These include Certificate, Diploma and BSc degree in Equine Science, and BSc in Food Science and Health. The Certificate/Diploma programmes in Equine Science are offered on a full time basis and also by Distance Learning. The Department is committed to providing and maintaining a rigorous curriculum in its undergraduate programmes.
The Department of Life Sciences also makes a significant contribution to other undergraduate programmes such as Environmental Science, Science Education (run jointly by the Faculties of Science and Engineering and Education and Health Sciences), and Nursing and Midwifery (Faculty of Education and Health Sciences).
The Department of Life Science's research mission is to perform research of the highest international calibre in its niche areas of expertise. It is committed to the development and provision of internationally competitive research opportunities which further the state-of-knowledge in the Life Sciences. The Department offers postgraduate programmes by research to masters and doctorate levels in a variety of disciplines, including food ingredients, food microbiology, equine science, microbial ecology and environmental biology. The Department currently has a complement of 17 faculty and 8 technical and administrative staff and has 27 postgraduate students and 10 post-doctoral associates/research fellows undertaking research programmes.
Department Head: Professor Sean Arkins
Department Co-ordinator: Bernadette Norris